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Mary Maples Dunn Garden

The Mary Maples Dunn Hillside Garden, dedicated on September 22, 2001, joins Wright Hall to Burton lawn. Dunn, the eighth president of Smith College, was a key figure in the establishment of the Landscape Master Plan. Heaths, heathers, and some older specimens of rhododendron and mountain laurel remain from the original planting on this site. The addition of 19 new species has created a diverse garden, and the installation of an irrigation system ensures that it will continue to flourish. Flowering bulbs and small annuals provide additional floral displays throughout the year.
Mary Maples Dunn at the dedication ceremony.

The large white flower clusters of Hydrangea arborescens "Annabelle" (smooth hydrangea) at the base of the hill turn first to green and then to straw color in fall, extending the show into the winter. They were combined with existing Calluna vulgaris (Scotch heather) and Erica carnea (spring heath) as well as other seasonal plantings. Over the next few years, as the level of shade increases, select small rhododendrons and other members of the Ericaceae family will be reintroduced in the shady areas.

John Connolly and Mary Maples Dunn admire the smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens).
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This sunflower is personally associated with Mary Maples Dunn. Click for a Larger Version.
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Last updated on Thursday, May 12, 2005.